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72. NATURAL EVOLUTION
Courteney Monroe
Title: CEO, National Geographic Channels
Years in Cable: 17
Education: BA, Political Science,
Williams College; MBA, Wharton Business School
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less:
Aim to make history every day
Geoff Daniels
Title: EVP & GM of Nat Geo Wild
Years in Cable: 20
Education: BA, English, Tulane University
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Don't Be an
A-Hole! Or Don't Take Yourself Too Seriously!
Timothy Pastore
Title: President, Original Programming and
Production, National Geographic Channels
Years in Cable: 11
Education: MA, English,
University of Rochester; BA,
English and Film Studies, University of Rochester
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less:
Always hire people smarter than you.
It may seem strange to call a 127-year old
brand innovative, but Monroe, Daniels and
Pastore have aggressively developed original
series and event programing opportunities
for National Geographic Channel and Nat
Geo Wild that both honor and refresh the
iconic brand. From " Wicked Tuna " to " Brain
Games " to Killing Jesus " to " Destination
WILD, " National Geographic channels keep
devising thought-provoking and entertaining
programming for all ages. Capitalizing on
the tremendous success of the past year-
which included 18 Emmy nominations-the
formidable team is focused on evolving NGC's
on-air brand identity and increasing awareness
of Nat Geo WILD.
Monroe
Favorite screen:
The big one in my family room.
Favorite vacation spot:
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Desert island album:
Zac Brown Band - Uncaged
Favorite TV show as a kid: "
The Brady Bunch "
My favorite business/motivational book:
The Corner Office by Adam Bryant
Daniels
I watch most programming on this device:
My iPad.
The biggest cable innovation: Expansion of
TVE and proliferation of OTT services.
Should the industry embrace or reject
" virtual MSOs " and why? Embrace. No point
running away from where the whole industry is
going. If you have amazing content, which we
do, we'll get our cake and be able to eat it, too.
What's the next big broadband project no
one's talking about yet and why?
Not my arena, but I suspect no one knows or
they would all be talking about it, right? But, if I
had to guess, something to do with the government,
Snowden, " Serial " and " The X-Files " !
If I had a show on YouTube, it would be
called... " Amazingly Cute Animals Eating Stuff! "
Wait, that's probably already a thing, right?
Apple iWatch or Rolex? Rolex! Old school cool.
Authentic. Best in show. Totally durable and
perpetually self-winding.
If I could interrupt Kanye West just once, I
would tell him... Kanye WHO?
I wish Congress would just... inhale.
My favorite newfound hobby: Listening to the
radio. Seriously, " This American Life " is genius
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and SO much better than the " AM-Jam Sports
Talk " I usually tune in to during drive times.
If Disney hired me to reboot " Star Wars, " I
would... turn it into a Bollywood-inspired musical
with an amazing set of dance numbers.
If I ever found myself saying " Better Call
Saul, " I'd seek his advice on... how to win
friends and influence people, or maybe how to
spend a couple million I swear I don't have!
My " Real Housewives " catch-phrase is...
&^%%$# *^&^$@!
Which character would I most want to doublecross
me on " Game of Thrones " and why?
Tyrion Lannister. He's the smartest dude in that
world, and if he f's you, you had it coming and
got f'd by the best.
Pastore
Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat?
Instagram
Who's on tap for the next big comeback?
The Buffalo Bills
Desert island album: Bruce Springsteen -
Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.
Favorite TV show as a kid: " Cheers "
Dish I can make and that would impress a
celebrity chef: Chinese Barbecue Pork
My favorite business/motivational book:
The Revolution Was Televised
by Alan Sepinwall ■
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